Did you know that within the United States there are communities of people from every nation in the world? Where I live in Southern California, children from 170 nations are studying in the public schools.

In the midst of a challenging year for all of us worldwide, we at IDEAS are continually moved by the good God is doing through our Associates, projects, and partners around the world.

I have heard that people near the end of their lives often have regrets. What they regret is what surprises me. Those who are dying don’t nearly regret the things they had done as much as the things they hadn’t done. In spite of regretting their mess-ups in life, they regretted even more the things they never tried.

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It turns out that living overseas is the best preparation for a world-wide pandemic a person could ask for (or not ask for).

Even though life abroad has many challenges, there’s a reality we often don’t talk about. I’ve recently been reminded that I benefit from a certain favorable bias or privilege afforded to me as a white, English-speaking foreigner living overseas.

When you live and travel on a regular basis, it’s easy for your children to learn about the world. But even if you can’t travel, which is limited for everyone during COVID, you can still teach your children to have a mindset that values different people and cultures. 

We all wrestle with different anxieties, whether fear of spiders, heights, germs, confined spaces, or the dark. Yet, something that tends to impact all of us is fear of the unknown.

Transitions are hard, and they're also opportunities for transformation. Many of us are in the midst of transition, whether adjusting to a new normal, undergoing a life change, switching jobs, working from home, or living overseas. Whatever your new normal may be, here are 5 tips to help you thrive!

It’s summer! Though our travel may be limited, many of us still long for a vacation from our current surroundings. Enjoy some of my favorite mystery series, and have fun traveling to different time periods and places around the world, including countries where IDEAS works!

Read around the world this summer to some of the countries where IDEAS works! Enjoy this summer reading list for teens and tweens created by IDEAS Associate and global librarian, Libby. Stayed tuned next week for a summer reading list for adults!